Angling books you cut your teeth on....

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Angling books you cut your teeth on....

Post by Mac McPherson » Tue Jan 07 2020 14:58

This is one of mine, circa 1960. Think I picked it up around 1963 when I wanted to move on from a pike bung, and a number six hook wrapped in a worm for perch. I was 15 or there abouts.... :pipe:
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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Jan 07 2020 15:07

Mac McPherson wrote:
This is one of mine, circa 1960. Think I picked it up around 1963 when I wanted to move on from a pike bung, and a number six hook wrapped in a worm for perch. I was 15 or there abouts.... :pipe:

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First pike book, (and probably the first angling book) I got my hands on was this one.....one of the few angling books in my small local library. Bought this copy a while back for sentimental reasons....
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Post by John Milford » Tue Jan 07 2020 15:50

This little book was almost on permanent loan to me from my primary school library. I must have renewed it 10 times or more!

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And this one I still read from time to time. :pipe:

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Post by davelumb » Tue Jan 07 2020 16:00

John Milford wrote:
This little book was almost on permanent loan to me from my primary school library. I must have renewed it 10 times or more!


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And this one I still read from time to time. :pipe:


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That Ladybird book and this one.
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Post by John Milford » Tue Jan 07 2020 16:09

davelumb wrote:
John Milford wrote:
This little book was almost on permanent loan to me from my primary school library. I must have renewed it 10 times or more!


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And this one I still read from time to time. :pipe:


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That Ladybird book and this one.
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Post by davelumb » Tue Jan 07 2020 16:16

And this one.
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Post by John Milford » Tue Jan 07 2020 17:27

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And this one.DL2_0980.jpg
That picture is just what I look like these days on my local carp lake. I'm trying to get hold of a John Smith's pub umbrella for this summer, so that I can continue to completely freak-out the local 'carp boys' who all take themselves very seriously! :laughs:
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John Milford wrote:
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And this one.DL2_0980.jpg
That picture is just what I look like these days on my local carp lake. I'm trying to get hold of a John Smith's pub umbrella for this summer, so that I can continue to completely freak-out the local 'carp boys' who all take themselves very seriously! :laughs:
I hope your chair is as stripey as the one in the photo. Make sure you use 'kiddies' bank sticks. :grin:
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Post by old_school » Tue Jan 07 2020 19:21

Another vote for that Ladybird bible!
I was extremely lucky in that my dad bought the entire fisherman’s handbook weekly series (Marshall cavendish?) The tule was I was allowed free access as long as they never leave the house and I put them back in order.
Can’t for the life of me remember what happened to them now.
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Post by Woolley bully » Tue Jan 07 2020 20:01

This was mine , well my dads lol
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Post by Monts » Tue Jan 07 2020 20:30

Woolley bully wrote:
This was mine , well my dads lol

Jesus, I remember those, did not have that amount though. Nice one :thumbs:
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Post by WSBeattie » Tue Jan 07 2020 23:13

I had the Ladybird book when young and bought a copy on eBay a few years back. Probably the best couple of quid I've ever spent on fishing related stuff. Really brought back memories. Loved each page on different species and how to go after them.

The other two for me were the Know the Game Coarse Fishing (50p paperback) and the Observer's book of Coarse Fishing. Was amazed when discovered the cover pic for the former was of a localish weir pool I did some of my first pike fishing on. Happy days...

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Post by Will Smith » Tue Jan 07 2020 23:22

Woolley bully wrote:
This was mine , well my dads lol
Still have mine, my Mam paid for them for me.

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Post by Jeffire » Wed Jan 08 2020 19:09

Still got all my fishermans handbooks , used to be so excited each time one arrived through the letter box.Felt the same when carpworld first came out.
First books i had was one from woolies and one by john wilson.

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Post by Woolley bully » Wed Jan 08 2020 21:38

Monts wrote:
Woolley bully wrote:
This was mine , well my dads lol

Jesus, I remember those, did not have that amount though. Nice one :thumbs:
Yeah my dad was a really keen fisherman.
I Loved reading these books(more so looking at the pictures) lol
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Post by lochhopper » Tue Mar 17 2020 15:57

After I got my beginner's fishing set (early 1980s), my father went into an antiquarian bookseller and came out with Fishing for Beginners by Maurice Wiggin, pub. 1953. I am guessing now that even at the time of its publication, and for the waters which I suppose the author must have expected his readers to want to fish in (the ponds and lowland rivers of the Midlands and southern England?), this book must have seemed somewhat eccentric, for example with its recommendations for learning to float fish for roach with a greenheart fly rod in order to train the reflexes to strike more quickly. Very few of its recommendations could be applied, however, to my attempts thirty years later at getting a few broonies oot the burn. No picture, but the last time I looked it was still sitting on its bookshelf, not all that far from said burn.

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Post by greencard1 » Wed Mar 18 2020 07:16

Fishing for pike with Mr Cherry and Jim. An Angling Times publication by Bernard Venables.
Perfection.

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Post by Mercman » Wed Mar 18 2020 09:01

John Milford wrote:
This little book was almost on permanent loan to me from my primary school library. I must have renewed it 10 times or more!


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And this one I still read from time to time. :pipe:


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The Mr Crabtree one that John has put up was also my first book, long gone unfortunately
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Post by John Milford » Wed Mar 18 2020 12:07

Mercman wrote:
John Milford wrote:
This little book was almost on permanent loan to me from my primary school library. I must have renewed it 10 times or more!


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And this one I still read from time to time. :pipe:


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The Mr Crabtree one that John has put up was also my first book, long gone unfortunately
The great thing about all these popular old books Ray, is that they aren't difficult to find on eBay and (apart from 1st editions sometimes) not that expensive.

I'm sure Delboy would let you read his - under close supervision! :clown:
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Post by davelumb » Wed Mar 18 2020 12:15

I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

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davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
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Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
Thanks for the warning.

I've been googling BV and found a lovely clip of him plugging for pike. Smart use of the gaff too. :thumbs:

I'd post the vid if it didn't name the loch! :laughs:

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davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
Thanks for the warning.

I've been googling BV and found a lovely clip of him plugging for pike. Smart use of the gaff too. :thumbs:

I'd post the vid if it didn't name the loch! :laughs:

Lots of stuff on Youtube, BV fishing all over, Jack Hargreaves, Ivan Marks etc. All bring a smile to my face. :thumbs:
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Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
Thanks for the warning.

I've been googling BV and found a lovely clip of him plugging for pike. Smart use of the gaff too. :thumbs:

I'd post the vid if it didn't name the loch! :laughs:

Lots of stuff on Youtube, BV fishing all over, Jack Hargreaves, Ivan Marks etc. All bring a smile to my face. :thumbs:
I've been watching Jack Hargreaves stuff. :thumbs:

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Post by Monts » Wed Mar 18 2020 12:57

davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
Thanks for the warning.

I've been googling BV and found a lovely clip of him plugging for pike. Smart use of the gaff too. :thumbs:

I'd post the vid if it didn't name the loch! :laughs:

Lots of stuff on Youtube, BV fishing all over, Jack Hargreaves, Ivan Marks etc. All bring a smile to my face. :thumbs:
I've been watching Jack Hargreaves stuff. :thumbs:

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Post by davelumb » Wed Mar 18 2020 12:59

Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Monts wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.

What ever you do don't pic up BVs Biography A Stream of Life. A really tedious and difficult read IMO. And I'm sad to say I never made it to the end.
Thanks for the warning.

I've been googling BV and found a lovely clip of him plugging for pike. Smart use of the gaff too. :thumbs:

I'd post the vid if it didn't name the loch! :laughs:

Lots of stuff on Youtube, BV fishing all over, Jack Hargreaves, Ivan Marks etc. All bring a smile to my face. :thumbs:
I've been watching Jack Hargreaves stuff. :thumbs:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDsKitchen/videos
They are all good, no matter how dated. If YouTube gets a glitch over the next few weeks. I expect large scale disorder on the streets
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Post by John Milford » Wed Mar 18 2020 13:24

davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.
I thought the Mr Crabtree' books were old fashioned, even when I read them in the 1960s! However, I found they captured the essence of fishing, if not the substance.

(Simple drawings, with their sometimes dodgy perspective, and all!).

This one is a howler, but perhaps the most evocative of them for me. :pipe:

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John Milford wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.
I thought the Mr Crabtree' books were old fashioned, even when I read them in the 1960s! However, I found they captured the essence of fishing, if not the substance.

(Simple drawings, with their sometimes dodgy perspective, and all!).

This one is a howler, but perhaps the most evocative of them for me. :pipe:


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They just look crap to me. :exit:

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davelumb wrote:
John Milford wrote:
davelumb wrote:
I have never understood the appeal of Mr Crabtree. I think the illustration style (or lack of style!) put me off, and they seemed old fashioned.
I thought the Mr Crabtree' books were old fashioned, even when I read them in the 1960s! However, I found they captured the essence of fishing, if not the substance.

(Simple drawings, with their sometimes dodgy perspective, and all!).

This one is a howler, but perhaps the most evocative of them for me. :pipe:


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They just look crap to me. :exit:
It's not that Venables couldn't draw, or was a poor draughtsman - he was simply using artistic licence to capture the moment.

Do you dislike 'graphic novel' type art in general, or just his Dave?
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